every {doughnut} in moderation

My husband sent me a list today of the worst foods you can eat… doughnuts topped the list providing zero nutrients and a ton of sugar. He did this of course because he knows Fridays are my doughnut days, and he likes to give me a hard time!

Well, I’m here to tell you that I’ve worked out 4 days this week {plus tomorrow}, and I don’t really care how terrible it is, I got my doughnut! So here’s to the weekend! I hope your’s is extra sweet!

Gracious Gal


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Lovely Quotes: Steve Jobs {RIP}

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.” – Steve Jobs, Stanford commencement speech 2005

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Clocks {the end of Daylight Saving Time}

Watching the leaves begin to change, and days becoming shorter, I’m suddenly reminded that it will soon be time to “Fall Back”.  Searching to find when exactly the time change will happen, I came across this really neat image on National Geographic of Mr. Ray Keen attending to the 97-year-old clock which sits atop a Kansas courthouse.

This image then inspired me to search for other great clocks!

Grand Central Station {via this site}

Big Ben {wikipedia}

Clocks in Paris outside of the Gare Saint-Lazare, the second-busiest train station in the city. {via Divine Caroline}

Musee d’Orsay clock {via this site}

Peter Pan… I think he made clock towers magical!

By the way, we can set our clocks back an hour at midnight on Sunday, November 6.  Is it me, or does that seem a bit later than normal?

Gracious Gal

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Well Hello Pumpkin!

Goodbye September!  I must say, you passed me by before I truly realized you were here!  This time of year is one of my favorites~ I think it is for everyone. {Though it makes me sad to see the year coming to an end.}  I guess I’m jumping on the pumpkin bandwagon!  So, here are my favorite {non-rotting} pumpkins for October…

Velvet Pumpkins from Plush Pumpkin

Candles from Pottery Barn

fabric pumpkins found here

burlap pumpkins by Manila Extract

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5k pic!

So, it’s not the best, but here is the picture my hubby took right after I crossed the finish line!  P.S. he was so sweet to come and cheer me on… he drove 45 minutes to my race after a really long and busy day for him… it was so nice to see his smile when I finished the run!

I am trying to keep up the running, but it’s hard considering the next run I went on after the 5k I hurt my ankle.  I think it’s pulled tendons?  I’m staying active lifting weights and having dates with Billy Blanks {tae bo}.

I have to say, as someone who has never been athletically inclined, it’s been challenging at times to not quit my work-out routine.  For me, it got easier after committing myself to some sort of exercise several times a week for one month. Plus paying the 5k registration was good motivation~ I had to run or I’d waste my money!  The last time I was this committed to my overall health was the months prior to our wedding when I wanted to look great in that dress!  It feels good to feel “strong”, as cheesey as that sounds!  This 5k really encouraged me, and I think it’s a great way to get on a consistent work-out plan.  It was for me at least! 

Gracious Gal

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Lovely Quotes: Little Engine That Could

“I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. I know I can.”

― Little Engine That Could

My week has been so busy, I feel like I’m on information overload.  As I sat at my desk today, and crossed another item off my to-do list, a quote from a sweet children’s book that I’m sure you’ve all read, The Little Engine That Could, popped into my head: “I think I can, I think I can…”

Just thinking about a little kiddo somewhere reading this book made my mood instantly lighter!

Happy Hump-Day,

Gracious Gal

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DIY: Quoted Canvas

I just finished a small canvas for my office, and considering it’s my first one, I think it turned out pretty good!  I used the design of a piece of fabric as a guide for the background stripes, and paint colors.

I hope you like!

Gracious Gal

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